James Blake Announces New Album

by ike

Hear ye! Hear ye! London producer, singer/songwriter James Blake has finally released information regarding his sophomore release. This is quite funny as I was just playing his self-titled debut out the other day at Starbucks and thought: “man, he really needs to come out with a second release.” Well, he is doing just that and has even graced listeners with an official single and music video.

It’s like Christmas all over again!

I’ve pretty much kept Blake in my ensemble of Top 5 artists I thoroughly enjoy and with such an indie, lo-fi, post dubstep with a heavy R&B influence from the likes of Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo, and Sly & the Family Stone, I’m pretty sure many will find themselves doing the same. Posed with an arsenal of musicality such as teaching himself to play the piano at the ripe age of six (what have you done with your life lately), Blake’s popular releases include a cover to Feist’s Limit to Your Love and The Wilhelm Scream among others that were included on his debut and previous EP releases.

Now gearing up for his sophomore release, James Blake took to Zane Lowe’s show on BBC Radio 1 to premiere the single, RetrogradeMuch of Blake’s work in the past contained moments of modesty with brash waves of avant-garde bass droves, and Retrograde shies away from neither. The only qualm I have with the record is it’s overly simplistic “boom-clap-boom-clap” bass-like metronome, but honestly after he laces the bars with swimmy synths and notable power vocals, the pattern seems to go unnoticed as only a way to keep time.

Blake’s sophomore album will be titled, Outgrown and will be available April 8. Retrograde is available via digital download now and can be purchased here. As for now, enjoy the visuals that accompany the single. Never mind the motorcycle helmet. This isn’t a spam video for The Harlem Shake.

As always, enjoy a good roast and good tunes!